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The Reds went to Cincinnati and took the new kids on the block’s lunch money

MLS: FC Cincinnati at Toronto FC
Patrick Mullins (13) runs at Kendall Waston (2) during the last meeting between the two sides at BMO Field
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FT — What a relieving match. 5-1 final.

90’ — VAR... Penalty. Handball off a FK. Clean sheet is..... gone. Good try by Westberg. Damn.

88’ — Zavaleta shown red. He’s been on for less than 20 minutes. What are you doing lol

86’ — Shoutout Westberg. He’s had a great bounce back game after last week’s blunder

84’ — Benezet!!! Golaso. Another beauty. He’s been such a nice addition

71’ — DeLeon comes off, holding his thigh or hamstring. Hope he’s not injured. 1 v 1 specialist Zavaleta comes on

70’ — Canada’s on a wave tonight. Bianca, TFC, CANMNT... let’s go

63’ — EVERYONE IS SCORING (thanks Ben). Michael Bradley, get in. What a strike. Selfless play from the sub Endoh.

55’ — End of the night for Gallardo, who has been fine again. Would like to see him play 90 and be a bit more involved. Endoh on

47’ — More of the same from TFC to begin the second half. DeLeon’s added creativity at RB when you don’t really need a fourth defender is nice.

45’ — One of the most dominant halves so far for Toronto FC’s this season... also shout out Junior Hoilett as he gets CANMNT on the board at BMO.

38’ — Cincinnati can’t wait to get in for halftime, look lifeless. Toronto FC’s white jerseys look nice though

33’ — Should I just make this a Canada MNT live thread?

28’ — Now they’re just doing this for fun. Marky Delgado gets in on the action after a gross pass from Pozuelo. Statement performance from the Reds! 3-0.

25’ — Vanney’s decision to include the in-form midfielder at RB pays off

22’ — That’s #700!!!! DELEON!!! What a strike!!!

20’ — We heard that Martyn Bailey stat shout out. Mullins’ Goal was #699 for TFC in club history

16’ — TFC have settled in. Look far more dangerous... as they should. Need to keep an eye on those counter attacks though!

13’ — Ciman goes down injured after a nice dive. TFC ball. Cool.

11’ — So, I was wrong with my prediction... how many people were right!?

9’ — Mullins Magic baby! I love how direct he is — and against Cincy — he should feast. He loves getting in behind. What a finish!

6’ — A bit of a shaky start here as they settle into the game. I called Gallardo scoring TFC’s first goal in the first half, for what it’s worth.

1’ — We’re off! Hopefully Pozuelo gets involved early and DeLeon fits in seamlessly at RB

7:31 — Last chance to get you guesses in for our prediction league!

7:29 — I’m back! Had to do a quick piece about Richie Laryea making his first career start for Canada’s men tonight.

7:06 — Kickoff is in about 30 minutes, I wonder how many minutes Altidore gets tonight

7:02 pm ET — We’re live tonight from Toronto as the Reds travel to Cincy... Bianca tho!


Official Lineups:

Nick Hagglund captaining the opposition today

How the Reds will line up tonight... Altidore on the bench, DeLeon at fullback, Ciman starts at CB


Preview:

Toronto FC will be making their first visit to Cincinnati on Saturday evening, as they head to Ohio to take on expansion side FC Cincinnati.

Cincinnati currently sits last in the Eastern Conference standings, accumulating just 18 points through 28 matches. They've conceded 67 goals, the most in MLS this season by a long way.

In the only previous MLS match between the two sides on July 27 earlier this summer, goals from Nick DeLeon and Jozy Altidore saw The Reds sneak away with a 2-1 victory at BMO Field. Emmanuel Ledesma had the goal for Cincy.

Toronto FC fans will be expecting nothing less than a win in this game, but in MLS, every road trip is a difficult one, so The Reds will have to ensure they perform in order to pick up three valuable points.


Lineup Prediction/Injuries:

There are a few notable absences for TFC for this match. Jonathan Osorio, Liam Fraser and Richie Laryea are all with the Canada, who will play Cuba at BMO Field on Saturday night. Justin Morrow is out with a quad strain, and Jozy Altidore is also listed as having a quad strain, but there’s no word on his status.

He appears to be okay to start, but with Cincinnati’s stadium employing an artificial surface, he may begin on the bench.

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The logical (and most-likely) replacement at left back is Ashtone Morgan, although another possibility is to play Auro Jr. on the left and Nick DeLeon at right back.

In midfield, I've gone with the usual suspects: the two new TAM wingers on either side of Alejandro Pozuelo, and the pairing of Marky Delgado/ Michael Bradley behind them.


ICYMI: Ben’s full lineup predicition (with some great graphics by Jeffrey P. Nesker):


How to watch

Match time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: TSN 4

Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto)